July 26, 2000 2:15 PM PDT
Microsoft fills holes in old Outlook versions
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The patch is designed to eliminate a security hole in the mail-browser link of Outlook and Outlook Express that could allow malicious programmers to hijack a computer and send damaging emails to others, according to Bugtraq, an online security mailing list.
In addition, the patch is designed to prevent potential Internet vandals from sending an HTML-enabled email that could allow them to read--but not add, change or delete--files on the recipient's computer.
The Bugtraq report recommends that people either install the patch, perform a default installation of Internet Explorer 5.01 service pack, or perform a default installation of IE 5.5 on any system except Windows 2000.
Computers running Outlook Express 5.5 are not vulnerable to these security holes, according to Microsoft.